This is Walter Jon Williams’ first published work, one of the historical novels with which he began his career.
The American Revolution is throwing up a new breed of hero, Yankee privateers who dare the might of the Royal Navy to slash at British commerce. Foremost among them are the three Markham brothers, Jehu, Josiah, and Malachi, who link their destiny to that of their young nation, and seek their fortune in the cannon’s mouth.
Devastated by the loss of his family, Gideon Markham has retreated to his ship and the life of the sea. Heir to a privateering tradition, he brings his schooner into the Gulf of Mexico to wage unremitting war on the British who threaten America's freedom.
But the puritanical Gideon finds the Gulf a strange and threatening place, and soon he must face Jean Laffite's pirates, a mutiny, an attack by Red Stick Creeks, and a British invasion . . . none of which he finds as baffling and alarming as Maria-Anna de Suarez, an attractive widow who gambles at cards, brandishes a pair of pistols, and plans to lead an expedition into the heart of enemy territory, with Gideon as her guide and pawn.
Originally published as The Yankee, this is one of the action-packed historical novels with which Walter Jon Williams began his career.
Favian Markham is a rising young American officer in during
the War of 1812. As commander of the
small, slow brig Experiment, he must break the British blockade and take
his outgunned vessel on a daring raid into the Narrow Seas of England. On his desperate journey he faces duels,
rivalries, ambitious politicians, yardarm-to-yardarm combat, and the deadly
beauty of a foreign courtesan. Yet his
greatest battle is not with the enemy, but with his own divided nature . . .
Brig of War (originally published as The Raider)
is one of the historical novels with which Walter Jon Williams began his
Captain Favian Markham, USN, is a man surrounded by secrets. Secrets that will be revealed when he is court-martialed for losing his ship. Secrets held by his mistress Caroline. And the greatest secret of the War of 1812, a secret which will be revealed once Favian breaks the enemy blockade in The Macedonian, a frigate stolen from his own government . . .
In a frigate stolen from his own navy, Captain Favian Markham
races to New Orleans with the dispatches he's captured from a British warship-
dispatches making it clear that the city will soon be the target of a British
fleet and an invading army.
But Favian finds New Orleans a city of intrigue, where Creoles
conspire against the Americans, where
streetfighters cloak their murders under the Code Duello, the pirate
Jean Laffite battles the Navy, and a cabal of elite soldiers conspire to hand
the city to the enemy— and where two sensuous Creole women, Eugenie and
Campaspe, vie for his favor.
In order to resist the coming invasion, Favian must fight his way
clear of conspiracy and unite the divided city, and soon discovers that in
order to buy time for the defenders, he must sacrifice his own ship, and his
own career, in a hopeless fight against an overwhelming power . . .